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God is bigger than our storms

Exclusive: Greg Laurie points out each trial we face 'has a beginning, middle and end'


By Greg Laurie

Maybe you're going through a storm – a hardship, difficulty, or perhaps even a tragedy. It's a powerful storm, and you feel like saying, just as the disciples did, "Do You not care that we are perishing?" (Mark 4:38 NKJV) In other words, "Don't you care that I'm in trouble right now? Are you even paying attention?"

Storms will come into our lives. Sometimes God himself will send the storm, as he did in the case of Jonah, who was disobedient to him. God told Jonah to go and preach to the city of Nineveh, and Jonah said no. We might say that Jonah was the original chicken of the sea, going the wrong direction and running from God.

But God always has the last word. He sent a mighty storm, and it was through the storm that he got Jonah's attention.

Like Jonah, we can sometimes bring storms on ourselves because of our disobedience. You might be in a situation right now where you're effectively reaping the consequences of your actions. Maybe you're asking, "Why is this happening to me?"